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 5 Habits of Safe Drivers #2   BUCKLE UP   It is a myth that you can better survive some accidents when unbuckled!   It is a small price to pay for safety.  Again, you are the safety factor!         Make it a habit   Is there any benefit to not buckling up?   It is a small price to pay for safety.  Again, you are the factor in this safety feature; you must actively apply your belt. Be Aware of the 3rd impact! Active Restraints: Seat Belts It is a myth that you can better survive some accidents when unbuckled!   Buckling is a small price to pay for safety. The Third...

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern" css_animation=""][vc_column][vc_column_text]DRIVER SAFETY TIPS: THE S.I.P.D.E.METHOD OF DECISION MAKING SCAN, IDENTIFY, Tools PREDICT, DECIDE, EXECUTE   [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvcggCTD4zE[/embedyt]   [caption id="attachment_17783" align="alignnone" width="300"] Scanning can help avoid slow vehicle clog up.[/caption]   Driving within the Highway Transportation System requires constant mental alertness and scanning skills.  Your visual scanning skills and your ability to make split second decisions can affect your driving safety.   SCAN:   What are you looking for? Scanning skills and defensive driving skills are learned. They do not come naturally.   Just as learning any skill takes training and practice, driving is no different.   An inexperienced driver will not scan the roadway as an...

Driving in flooded water- safe driving tips   Emergencies on the road Do not panic! Many situation can come out a lot better if you maintain a calm mind.  Only drive in flooded areas in an emergency.   [caption id="attachment_16971" align="alignnone" width="300"] When driving in flooded water be sure you can see the road.[/caption] Driving in Moving Water  Your car floats! Never, never, drive into moving water! The power of moving water is unimaginable. You can be swept away by a swollen stream that seemed harmless the day before the rain. Not only is moving water powerful, but your vehicle floats! The combination can cause you to...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING [caption id="attachment_17052" align="alignnone" width="300"] Position your hands at 9 and 3 on the steering wheel.[/caption]   In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Position your hands on the outside of the steering wheel at the 3 and 9 positions. Adjust the top of the head rest to the top of our ears Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Position yourself 10-12 inches from the steering wheel [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5wJQV9SAQZ0[/embedyt] Place your wrist...

PROPER DRIVER POSITIONING In order to maintain balanced, smooth control over your car, you should be in the proper driving position. Your hands should be positioned on the outside of the steering wheel at the 4 and 8 position or at the 3 and 9 positions. Your head rest should be adjusted so the top of your ears are at the top of the head rest. Your left foot should be on the dead petal. Your right foot should be able to go from the accelerator to the brake without lifting your foot from the floor. Additional resources: www.drivesmartva.org Be 10-12 inches from...

THE "ZIPPER" MERGE! This is a concept I have taught in my driver improvement classes and teen classes for years. The idea of "blocking" a lane to prevent other cars from getting in front of you in a long merge lane is not helpful. With lanes that "bottleneck" or merge into smaller lanes it is not best to get into the open lane as soon as possible as most believe. The two lanes are open to expedite traffic as much as possible until the merge begins. If the cars in line will "zipper" merger, each person taking a turn at the bottleneck,...

Driving Defensively-Side Impact Collisions     https://youtu.be/xJ8pgQQxoJ8   Between 8,500 and 10,000 Americans are killed each year in side impact crashes. Side impact crashes occur at intersections when one vehicle makes a mistake that creates an impact on the other vehicle.  With the increase of traffic, and the increase of impatient and aggressive drivers, it is important to exercise extra caution at intersections to protect yourself. Although manufacturers have recently begun to increase the strength and security of the side of the vehicles, largely due to IIHS research, these accidents continue to be especially dangerous as the car enters at the side where there is...

Pre-trip Inspections Before planning a trip, check out your route to find out about any construction or traffic issues that you may run into. By planning ahead, you can save time and frustration. By call 511, visiting the free VA website at 511Virginia.org, or downloading the 511 app, you can find the travel information that you need to plan your trip in VA. This website will provide you information concerning road work, special events, weather closures and other pertinent information. By linking to www.fhw Inspect tires before you begin  a.dot.gov you can have free access to nationwide traffic information. Plan any long distant trips, if...

Knowing your instrument panel!       [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3-ShrVp6K4[/embedyt]\  ...

Be Seen! Jogger's 6 safety tips! Be Seen! [caption id="attachment_17126" align="alignnone" width="300"] Don't assume you are seen! Be sure![/caption] Be Seen! Jogger's 6 safety tips!  BE SEEN!   Always wear clothing that can be seen from a distance.  Reflective wear, or even a reflective vest is the best, but at least wear clothing that is a contrasting color from the environment.  Even during the day, runners in dark clothing can be difficult to see in shaded neighborhoods or busy streets. LIMIT EARPHONE USAGE! We all like to use headphones when running, but just use one earphone.  Listen for sounds around you to alert you...

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